Kale has been the vegetable du jour, lately, and for many good reasons. A one cup serving (chopped) of fresh kale leaves has over 130% of the daily RDA for Vitamins A and C, and is a good source of potassium, calcium, and Vitamin B-6, with around 10% of the RDA, each. Kale is what we call a nutrient dense food because it has many nutrients, but is low in calories, with only 33 per serving.
However, when you turn fresh kale into chips, it does increase the caloric content due to the addition of oil. But thankfully, if you make them at home you can control the amount of oil you use. They are not only easy to make at home, but more importantly, much cheaper than when you buy them. A small, 2.5 oz box can cost up to $8. Which quite frankly, is nothing short of ridiculous.
So save yourself the calories and cost, and make them at home!
* Take a clean, fresh bunch of kale, tear into potato-chip-size pieces while removing the stems.
* Place on a baking sheet (you’ll probably need two, one bunch of kale goes a long way)
* Spray chips with olive oil (don’t drizzle). Spraying keeps the calories down and avoids soggy chips.
* Sprinkle with a little sea salt.
* Bake in oven at 250 degrees for about 25-30 minutes
* When finished, sprinkle with seasonings for added flavor. I like cajun spices, garlic mixes, or seasoned salt.